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July 30, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines 


Who is eligible to receive a vaccine?


As of Monday, April 5, all Florida residents shall be eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration.

PERSONS AGES 12-17: The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons age 12 and up. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines are authorized for persons age 18 and up. All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a guardian and complete the COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form.



How do I make an appointment for a vaccine?
DOH-Bay is administering the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines at our clinic located at 597 W 11th Street, Panama City on Thursdays and Fridays by appointment. Please call (850) 872-4455, select option 1, to schedule an appointment. 

The Florida Department of Health has created a vaccine locator site at

Consent Form English: Consent - English

Consent Form (Español): Consent - Español

Consent Form (Creole): Consent - Creole

Moderna Information Card: Moderna Info 

Do I need to be a resident of Florida to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
State Surgeon General Scott Rivkees issued a Public Health Advisory on April 29 authorizing a COVID-19 vaccine to any eligible individual (as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration) who is a Florida resident or who is present in Florida for the purpose of providing goods or services for the benefit of residents and visitors of the State of Florida.

To prove residency an adult resident must provide a copy of his or her valid Florida driver license or a copy of a valid Florida identification card.

Seasonal residents may provide a copy of two of the following to show proof of residential address:

  1. A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement.
  2. One proof of residential address from the season resident’s parent, step-parent or legal guardian or other person with whom the seasonal resident resides and a statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.
  3. A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration.
  4. A utility bill, not more than 2 months old.
  5. Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than 2 months old.
  6. Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, not more than 2 months old.

Seasonal resident means any person who temporarily resides in this state for a period of at least 31 consecutive days in each calendar year, maintains a temporary residence in this state, returns to the state or jurisdiction of his or her residence at least one time during each calendar year, and is registered to vote or pays income tax in another state or jurisdiction.

COVID- 19 Testing 

COVID-19 testing at DOH-Bay is temporarily suspended to prioritize vaccines. 

Other COVID-19 Testing Options
There are numerous community partners and private practitioners providing COVID-19 testing in Bay County. Some testing sites are free, and some require a fee. Individuals should refrain from going to local emergency rooms for testing.
Please click on the link below for additional information on criteria and process.

Bay County COVID-19 Testing Locations- COVID-19 Testing Location Info

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Additional Resources 

Mental Health

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people of all ages. Fear and anxiety about the unknown can sometimes feel overwhelming to adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call Bay County's Crisis line at (850) 522-4485. 

Public Services

The United Way of Northwest Florida is providing information on public services and resources available in our area including food banks. Please visit their dedicated webpage at You may also utilize their 211 service for referrals, just call 211 from any phone or visit 

Rebuild Bay County may have resources available to assist persons in need. Visit more information. 

Additional Resources